This #LikeAGirl campaign got me thinking recently… and it fueled my desire to fix my car.
Let me connect the dots for you.
We live on a busy street. This home is more than we could have ever imagined it to be. Closing on a warm May day in 2009, we knew the plumbing had burst, the wiring was cloth, the ceilings all needed to be repaired, the floors redone… it was a mess. We’ve turned it into a home, however, a home that, when under siege of this winter, leaves us with little driveway space. So one evening, as I was ripping my car backwards into the driveway in the one break I’d had to do my signature maneuver… I nailed one of the snow pillars. No, not piles. Pillars. A 6 foot high pile of snow and ice, putting a nasty dent into my bumper (2010 Subaru Outback). Bumper repairs are expensive, so I cringed, knowing that even though I was going about 10 miles an hour, I’d dented my car.
I had no time to really get a look at it as dinner was late to be started and the kids wanted out of the car… so I told Dave when he got home, hung my head in shame, cried and had a glass of wine. But then I took to YouTube with a bumper repair search. And I, #LikeAGirl, figured it out.
The fun part of this story is that I could ask my husband to fix it, but our urgencies are different. He works 51 miles away, leaving early in the morning and returning just after 7:30 every night. On the weekends he repairs musical equipment, an homage to his past ownership of a music store and the only time he really gets to play guitar anymore. When he’s not working, or working some more, he likes to play games… or bounce the baby, fold the laundry and prep meals for me so that I can work. Needless to say… he doesn’t get a break. And fixing a dent in my car doesn’t make the top of his list.
And why do I need his help with this anyway?
So, after pressing in my bumper and loathing the way it looks for weeks (I just got the car a year ago, and I like to keep new-to-me things looking good!), I scoured the basement for our heat gun and a thick winter mitten, and got to work on the nicest (read 42°) day we’d had in 8 weeks… and the first snow-less Monday in as long.
As the kids napped, I equipped myself with the baby monitor, and headed outside. My heat gun has 2 settings, of which I used the highest (1500W or 1000°). I started heating the lower part of the damage- heating the bumper from about 2 inches away and pushing from the inside with a gloved hand. I moved my way upward, eventually pushing the whole bumper back into place.
In 20 minutes, the bumper was back!
In the future, I may want to have the paint redone, but it’s no longer pushed in and the paint is one of those “you only see it if you know it’s there” things.
So I fixed my bumper, #LikeAGirl, #LikeABoss, #LikeAHuman! Do you have winter bumper? What’s something you’ve done recently that made you want to high-five yourself? Share your stories with me!
*Heat guns should only be used with extreme caution and knowledge. I am NOT a mechanic- please make sure any damage to your vehicle is cosmetic only before attempting to repair.